PHYS 624 (Advanced Quantum Mechanics), Fall 2010
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Class location/time: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 1.00 pm. to 1.50 pm.,
Instructor: Kaustubh Agashe, 4119
; Phone: (301) 405-6018; E-mail: Physics Building
firstname.lastname@example.org; Office Hours: just after class or by appointment
Grader: ; Prateek Agrawal, 4219
; Phone (301) 405-6073, Physics Building
This course will provide an introduction to Quantum Field Theory (QFT). QFT is required for
an understanding of the Standard Model of particle physics - a theory describing the
interactions and properties of the elementary particles - and ideas beyond it. QFT is also
relevant for the study of cosmology (especially in view of particle physics connections of
cosmology) and has applications in condensed matter physics.
Who should take this course: The target audience is graduate students who wish to do
research in any area of theoretical physics, especially high energy/cosmology theory. It will
also be useful for those planning to work in high energy experiments.
Prerequisites: Graduate-level courses in Quantum Mechanics, Classical Mechanics and
Textbooks (all are on reserve in library):
A First Book of Quantum Field Theory, by Amitabh Lahiri and Palsh B. Pal
Other recommended texts:
An Introduction to Quantum Field Theory, by Michael E. Peskin and Daniel V. Schroeder
Quantum Field Theory by F.~Mandl and G.~Shaw
(the above two books follow an approach/sequence of topics similar to the book by
Lahiri and Pal.)
Advanced Quantum Mechanics, by J. J. Sakurai
Field Theory: a Modern Primer, by Pierre.Ramond
The Quantum Theory of Fields, by Steven Weinberg
(the above three books follow a somewhat different approach/sequence of topics.)
The course grade will be based on homeworks (75%) assigned here on
a weekly basis (roughly) and a take-home final exam (25%) (details on final exam
will be posted later).
Homework solutions will be posted here. Some notes to supplement the lectures
Time permitting, we will cover most of Chapters 1 through 12 of A First Book of Quantum
Field Theory, by Lahiri and Pal, i.e., canonical quantization of scalar, fermion and
electromagnetic fields, followed by derivation of Feyman rules and their application to
calculating processes in quantum electrodynamics (both lowest order and radiative effects).
Topics from the remainder of the book (and the technique of path integral quantization) might
be covered in PHYS 751, 752 and 851.
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